Chimpanzees, Bonobos and Barbary Macaque Laugh Too

[N]onhuman primates such as the common chimpanzee, the pygmy chimpanzee [also known as the bonobo], and the Barbary macaque produce a positively-toned, pant-like vocalization during tickling or during rough play which is similar to laughter (de Waal, 1988;.Marler & Tenaza, 1977; Van Hooff, 1972; Vettin & Todt, 2005). Some acoustic properties of human laughter during tickling and the vocalizations of Barbary macaques and chimpanzees during play are similar (Vettin & Todt, 2005).


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-- Tyler F. Stillman , Roy F. Baumeister , C. Nathan DeWall

from "What's So Funny About Not Having Money? The Effects of Power on Laughter"

Quoted on Sat Jul 28th, 2012